WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02) today applauded the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) announcement that $674,489 in federal funding will be used for acquisition of additional land for conservation along the Cohansey River in Cumberland County.
“One of the unique characteristics of South Jersey is its pristine environment," he said.
"This is outstanding news as we seek to ensure these treasured areas are permitted to continue to offer enjoyment to both local residents and visitors while providing habitats to native wildlife. Furthermore there are clear economic benefits from recreational fishing, boating, birdwatching and similar tourism activities that benefit communities in the vicinity of wetlands restoration projects,” said LoBiondo. “This investment by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its conservation partners will further my ongoing efforts to preserve, promote and protect South Jersey’s natural treasures.”
According to the USFWS, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will use these federal funds to acquire and permanently protect 1,650 acres of land along the lower Cohansey River and the Delaware Bayshore in Fairfield Township. The Delaware Bayshore is one of the most significant concentration areas for migratory birds in the world, providing a critical link between wintering and nesting grounds for over 300 bird species. The tract will become part of the Dix Wildlife Management Area and will be managed by DEP.
This federal funding is part of nearly $19 million to projects in 13 coastal states to protect, restore or enhance more than 30,000 acres of coastal wetlands and adjacent upland habitats under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. State and local governments, private landowners, conservation groups and other partners are expected to contribute over $21 million in additional funds.